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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 05:25:51 -0430
Subject: Urgent Reply Needed

From Miss Jovita Lansana Conte

Dearest One,
I am Writing this mail with painful heart,I am Miss Jovita Lansana Conte from Republic of Guinea Conakry, presently here in Ivory Coast. I lost my father couple of weeks. My late father was a President serving  until his death in my hometown  Guinea Conakry. He died in the hospital after a brief illness when he came back from his business trip on September 2008.Before his death he deposited in a metal box containing the sum of ($5.5M) Five million five hundred thousand USD in a private security company which was meant for the importation of cocoa processing machine abroad.
Note:, According to my late father the money is sealed in a trunk box and he did not disclose to the security company the real content of the box to avoid eyebrows on the box for the safety of the consignment. He declared to the security company that the box belongs to his foreign partner and it is containing Africa artworks. I want you to do me a favor to help me retrieve this box out of the security company's custody in your name as the foreign partner and invest this fund in a benefit able  investment in your country for the future of my life.
Please if you are willing to assist me, indicate your interest in sending to me the following

Your full name and address
Your marital status
Your occupation
Your country of Origin
Your telephone number
I will be pleased to offer to you 20% Of the total fund for your kind assistance.
Thanks and God bless
Miss Jovita Lansana Conte

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